America First Legal, a nonprofit group led by former Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller, filed a lawsuit against Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to stop enforcement of a state law that allows minors to get sex-reassignment surgeries without their parents’ consent.
The conservative group says that Senate Bill 5599, signed by Gov. Inslee in May, “created a dangerous incentive for minors who disagree with their parents’ ‘gender-affirming care’ to run away to a shelter or host home.”
SB 5599 allows host homes “to house youth without parental consent.” In addition, host homes are not required to inform parents where their children are or if they are receiving medical interventions “if there is a compelling reason not to, which includes a youth seeking protected health services.”
“Protected health care services” include “gender-affirming care,” which for minors arbitrarily includes anything prescribed by doctors to treat dysphoria, the bill says.
“Gender-affirming treatment may be prescribed to two-spirit, transgender, nonbinary, and other gender-diverse individuals,” the bill states.
Democratic lawmakers at the time described gender-reassignment surgery as “lifesaving.”
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“Every child – including our trans youth – deserves to be safe at home. In a perfect world, that would be the case, but unfortunately, that’s not the reality,” said Democratic Sen. Marko Liias of Everett, who sponsored the bill. “This legislation reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that children have a safe and stable place to go if they are not welcomed home.”
Proponents of the bill said the law does not address issues of custody or removal of young people from their parents if they do not consent to their child’s “gender transition”.
America First Legal says SB599 allows Washington State to refer a minor for “behavioral health services” without specifying what that entails.
“In practice, this means that children who run away from home may receive chemical sterilization drugs or even genital mutilation without parental consent or knowledge,” the group said in a press release.
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Fox News Digital spoke with Gov. Inslee and Sen. Liias for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.